Greater Boston Chapter
January 29th, 2014
Meeting Notice

To Hear the Music: A documentary film about the pipe organ construction at Harvard’s Memorial Church

We will present the documentary film To Hear the Music, with an introduction by David Griesinger

Featured Speaker:

David Griesinger is a physicist who works in the field of sound and music. He developed one of the first digital reverberation devices, became a principal scientist at Lexicon, conducted research into the perception and measurement of the acoustical properties of concert halls and opera houses, and is the designer of the LARES reverberation enhancement system. David has concentrated on the neurology of the inner ear, making models that emulate the ear’s amazing ability to separate independent musical sources, voices in cocktail parties, and speech in noise.


A new Fisk organ has been recently installed in the rear balcony of Harvard’s Memorial Church. The new organ fills the church with more volume of sound than the Fisk opus 47, installed in Appleton Chapel in 1967. David Griesinger will introduce the film and follow with a discussion of how venue acoustics and case design affect the sound of Opus 47 and the historic North German organs. Charles Fisk pointed out to Griesinger how the German organs put the bright reeds and mixtures in flat cases, no more than about 2’ deep, with little or no obstruction to the hall. The result was a brilliant, cutting kind of sound that pierces the heart.

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

6:00 P.M. – Refreshments
6:30 P.M. â€“ Introduction and Film

Berklee College of Music
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston St.
Boston, MA

Street and garage parking are located around campus. For specific locations, please refer to

MBTA – 1 Bus to Massachusetts Ave at Boylston St
MBTA – Green Line to Hynes Convention Center

The meeting is free to GBC/ASA members. Members are encouraged to invite interested colleagues and friends of the chapter to attend. We request a suggested donation of $3 from non-members to help cover the cost of food.

GBC/ASA Membership Forms will be available during social hour for those who wish to become a member.

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